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Beth Hoge (Founder/Teacher)

Beth Hoge(aka Beth Brunberg, Beth Jahn), founded Danspace in 1976, after a lengthy dance career in Los Angeles and New York. Her early dance experience included work with Joseph Rickard, in the Southern California Ballet, and with Alicia Alonso and Igor Youskevitch in the Greek Theatre's summer production of "Giselle." She then traveled to New York to attend Juilliard. There she studied with Antony Tudor, Margaret Craske, Martha Graham, and Alfredo Corvino who was to become her lifelong mentor, and teacher.While studying at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, on scholarship, she performed in the Opera Ballet frequently, appeared with many of the companies who appeared at the Metropolitan: The Royal Ballet , the Bolshoi and the Kirov. She was invited to assist Miss Craske in the Children's Division of the Ballet School. Other performing experiences included being a charter soloist with Manhattan Festival Ballet, off-Broadway, touring musicals such as Camelot, Oaklahoma and many summer stock venues. She appeared on the Phyllis Diller Television variety show, and in the opening ceremonies at Lincoln Center. Upon returning home to Cailfornia she began her teaching career and founded Danspace in 1976. She taught Ballet at Mills College from 1983 to 1994 where she made an invaluable connection with the Modern Dance community, and greatly enjoyed luring some "fallen away" ballet dancers back to ballet class by sharing the work of her teacher Mr. Corvino. The clean, unmannered style, and clear principles of movement based on musicality and efficiency, bridged the gap for many dancers; some continue to study and teach at Danspace today. Others return regularly for class, in support of their careers as dance professionals around the world.


 

Claudine Naganuma (Director/Teacher)

Claudine NaganumaClaudine has been at Danspace since 2002. She has been the program director of Danspace's Dance for PD@ program since 2007. Her intergenerational company dNaga is in residence at Danspace. dNaga performed at the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, OR with PD dancers from Oakland and Brooklyn. Her work and dNaga dancers were featured in Dave Iverson's film Capturing Grace. Claudine is the director The GIRL Project, a dance and empowerment workshop for middle school aged girls at EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland. Prior to coming to Danspace she was the Artistic Director of Asian American Dance Performances from 1992-2004 and was a founding board member of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center. She is dedicated to arts education and the empowerment of children and has studied Early Childhood Education at Mills College and worked in the classroom at Aurora Elementary School. She received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College in 1992, where she became the student of founder of Danspace Beth Hoge.


 

KT Mower (Front Desk)

KT MowerKT has been dancing since the age of four. She has trained with various instructors at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, Pamela Hayes in Sacramento and Kimberly B. Valmore and Beth Hoge in Oakland. KT is trained in ballet, modern and jazz styles of dance. She has danced with COterie DAnce Company (CODA) since it was founded in 2002. CODA performs annually at Works in the Works in Berkeley and Spring Forward in San Francisco.


 

Mary Armentrout (Teacher)

Mary ArmentroutMary is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, and Feldenkrais Practitioner, and the director of the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater (MADT).  Starting to dance at age three, she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985. Over the years she has taught movement and dance of many varieties to people from ages 4 to 60+.  Her understanding of movement and the human body is informed by her decades of study of Contemporary Modern Dance, Ballet, Butoh, Aikido, Authentic Movement, Alexander Technique, and of course the Feldenkrais Method. Her current teaching practice spans Feldenkrais, dance technique, and creative fusions of the two.  She teaches on-going classes in the Bay Area, in festivals and intensives, and recently taught master classes at universities in Louisiana, England, and China. Working across disciplines, her experimental choreographic works attempt to viscerally engage and complicate aspects of intentionality, presence, identity, and being-in-the-world for her audiences, and recently garnered an Isadora Duncan Dance Award.  Her work has been presented at numerous venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as across the US and the UK, Europe, and China, recently touring to the Brighton Fringe and appearing in the San Francisco International Arts Festival.   She also organizes of the Dance Discourse Project, an on-going series of artist-curated discussions of the Bay Area dance scene, and co-curates The Milk Bar Performance and Residency Space at The Bridge Art Complex in Richmond.  Mary has been studying ballet with Beth Hoge since 1987 and has been teaching at Danspace since 1996. Her eclectic background combined with a profound respect for the Corvino Approach and a creative integration of Feldenkrais principles make her classes inviting and accessible to adults who have never danced, as well as those returning after a long absence, and to dancers of all backgrounds looking to clarify the role of ballet in their practice.


 

Janey Madamba (Teacher)

Janey MadambaJaney has been dancing in local hip hop dance companies since 2002. From 2007-2012, she was the artistic director of Funk4soul a hip hop fusion entertainment dance company. In addition, she has danced with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts, and has graced many bay area stages, shows and productions, including the San Francisco Hip Hop Dancefest. As an architect, Janey graduated from UC Berkeley, and has been practicing in the Bay Area for the past 11 years. She works with Struthers Dias Architects, a local firm that specializes in affordable housing, is committed to green building, and prides itself on service to the community.


 

Freesia Paclebar Huth (Teacher)

Freesia Paclebar HuthFreesia has been dancing in the Bay Area since she was three. A native San Franciscan, she was a competitive ice skater in her youth, performing atop the Emporium-Capwell building in their yearly rooftop ice show. The love of performing led her to study movement of all kinds. She has collaborated with local artists Ruby and Popo Lee as the principal dancer in their paintings. She went on to study dance at Mills College. She was a founding member of Patricia Reedy and Dancers, and has performed with Colette Bisher-Choate, Unbound Spirit, George Latimer, New York choreographer, David Rousseve's Reality Company, Purple Moon Dance Project and numerous Bay Area choreographers. Freesia has studied yoga and teaches Tai Chi to adults. She is one of the original partners of Luna Kids Dance, a developmentally based dance school and education program for teachers, where she taught in the children's program for 11 years. She has choreographed for Berkeley Repertory Theater and the California Shakespeare Festival. She is also the mom of two teenaged boys.


 

Kimberly B. Valmore (Teacher)

Kimberly B. ValmoreKimberly received her MFA in Dance at Mills College in 1992. Her years of training before and after Mills included San Franscisco Dance Center, Berkekey Ballet Theatre, Brady Street and Mission Dance Theatre. Ms. Valmore was also accepted into the Alvin Ailey Dance Center summer program where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Horton Technique, Dunham and Graham Technique, as well as various Ailey Repertory. Additionally, she is a participant in the Checcetti Council of America Teachers Program and the YogaFit@ Teachers certification program. Her performance credits include Robert Henry Johnson Dance Company, Kim Epifano, Ann Bluethenthal and Dancers, Shakiri / Rootworkers, dance NAGANUMA, and Mary Corbonara / dances. Since 1992 she has been a company member of the politically feminist edged, Dance Brigade in San Francisco; performing Taiko Drumming, Wushu Marital Arts as well as modern dance. Other appearances include music videos with such artists as Bobbie McFerrin and Tandy Beal; Musical Theater and industrials / varieties with Emmy-award winner Marguerite Derricks. Her choreography has been seen throught the Bay Area in venues from musical theater to independent movies. She directs her own contemporary dance company "COterie DAnce." She has taught ballet, modern dance and jazz throughout the Bay Area for the past 22 years. Currently she is Artist-in-Residence at College Preparatory School in Oakland, and has been a long-time core member of the Danspace teaching staff. She has been a student of Beth Hoge's since 1985.


 

Janine Kovac (Teacher)

Janine KovacJanine enjoyed a 12-year career as a professional dancer under her maiden name, Janine Bryan. A scholarship student with San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Luc de Lairess in Ghent, Belgium, Janine danced with Smuin Ballet in San Francisco, Fabula Saltica in Rovigo, Italy, and Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She was a soloist with the Icelandic Ballet and Ballet El Paso. As a teacher Janine taught at Shan Yee Poon Ballet School, Lines Ballet School, and with the Lines Pre-Professional Program. Her husband Matt Kovac also teaches at Danspace (pas de deux). They live in Oakland with their three young children.


 

Katie Taylor (Teacher)

Janine KovacKatie has been dancing since age four and has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance. Since then, she has taught at studios across Northern California, and she is thrilled to join the team and Danspace after taking classes here for more than 13 years. Katie is a founding member of COterie DAnce Company (CODA) and has trained with Kimberly Valmore for more than a decade. When she's not dancing, Katie works for OBDC Small Business Finance, a nonprofit community development financial institutions supporting businesses in Oakland, San Francisco, and those owned by veterans to get the access to capital and support that they need to be successful. She has her BA in Public Policy and Spanish and Hispanic Studies from William Smith College in 2009. Katie lives in Oakland with her two dogs and hopes to one day be the little old lady in the back of tap class dancing up a storm.


 

Casey Moorehead (Teacher)

Janine KovacCasey has been dancing since she was 16, and while she has not been dancing since she was little, dance is her passion and her chosen career path. She started her dancing at Backstreet Performing Arts in Riverside, CA. At Backstreet she learned Cecchetti Ballet technique, some jazz and contemporary techniques. In an effort to further her training in dance, Casey began a mentorship under her ballet teacher assisting in the "Pretty Pixies" classes twice a week. She assisted for approximately six months and from time to time was given the opportunity to instruct a class on her own. She is currently studying dance at Diablo Valley College in pursuit of her AA degree in dance. In the summer of 2015, Casey spent two and a half weeks in Ghana, Africa. Studying culture and dance in five of the seven regions, she experienced tribal dances and different artistic forms from each region. Casey has been a student of Kimberly Valmore for four years and has recently become a member of her dance company, COterie DAnce Company. For as long as she can remember, Casey has always loved kids. Whether it was helping her mom in the nursery at Sunday school, or playing with a family friend's new baby, she has always found joy in making kids smile. Casey has been given the opportunity to teach at Danspace, combining her passions together, teaching dance to kids.


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